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KINKAID LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 2750

Average Depth: 82.02 feet

Shoreline Length: 82 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes



Wilson Schneider Bay Marina Fish and Wildlife Johnson Creek Thompson Neck


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    Fish & Wildlife Area, Johnson Creek, Marina, Thompson Neck,
    Wilson Schneider Bay

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2023 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Kinkaid Lake has an average channel catfish population. Six channel catfish (14-22 inches) were collected in 2023 survey.

CRAPPIE

Average

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. In March 2017, a new state record hybrid crappie was caught at Kinkaid Lake. The crappie measured 18.1 inches in length and weighed 4.55 pounds. It is the largest documented crappie ever caught in Illinois. Fifteen percent of the crappie collected during the spring 2023 survey were over 10 inches. Twenty-six percent of the crappie collected were over 9 inches. As a result of the reduced number of larger crappie collected during the 2021 and 2022 surveys, a new crappie regulation went into effect on April 1, 2023. The new regulation is a 15 crappie per day creel limit of which only 10 can be over 10 inches in length. Site Regulation: White, black, hybrid crappie: there is no longer a minimum size limit on crappie at Kinkaid. You can keep any size combination of 15 crappie but only 10 can be over 10 inches.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present. At least one flathead catfish has been collected in 5 of the last 6 surveys. The only flathead collected in the 2023 survey was 11 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2023 spring survey, 25% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 11% were over 18 inches. Six percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches. The largest bass collected in the 2023 survey was 5.5 pounds. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is one of the premier muskie lakes in Illinois. Muskie are stocked annually and many are caught each year in excess of 40 inches. During the 2023 spring survey, 127 muskies were collected and the largest muskie measured 44 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to NOT fish for muskie in the warmer summer months as angling mortality is believed to be very high, especially, for larger muskie. Please report tagged Muskie to IDNR Fish Biologist Shawn Hirst at 618-559-5009 or email at Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov Anglers reporting a tagged muskie will receive information on the history of that fish. If the tag number is covered with algae, simply scrape the algae away with your fingernail or a knife. Please provide tag number (5 digits), length, and catch date. If possible, please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear population is average. A few redear sunfish over 8 inches are present.

WALLEYE

Fair

IDNR annually stocks walleye into Kinkaid Lake, and fish up to 11 pounds have been collected in netting surveys. Walleye numbers are not high, but trophy-sized fish can be caught. The best areas are in front of the dam and spillway during spring high water events. Only one walleye (22 inches) was collected during 2023 trap netting survey. However, inclement weather and high water flows prevented IDNR from setting the most productive walleye trap net for 3 days out of the 4-day survey. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Kinkaid Lake is located in Jackson County three miles northwest of Murphysboro off of State Route 149.

Description: There are three public boat launching facilities around the Lake. Kinkaid Lake is 2750 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 82 miles, and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The NW portion of the Lake consists of a 3-mile no-wake zone.

Additional Lake Information: Kinkaid Lake receives a tremendous amount of recreational boat traffic during the hot summer months especially on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowd, anglers may consider fishing early in the morning and/or during the week. The upper NW portion of Kinkaid Lake is referred to as the Johnson Creek Area. About 3 miles of this area is a no-wake zone that gets very turbid for multiple days after heavy rain events. Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick-set rig.

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-559-5009. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

FISHING TOURNAMENTS: Any fishing tournament with 80 or more anglers or 40 or more boats must obtain a permit from the Kinkaid-Reed- Creek Conservancy District (618-687-1722) in addition to the tournament permit from the IDNR. No tournaments over 39 boats are allowed during June-July-August.

FISH ATTRACTORS: There is a link for the Kinkaid Lake fish attractor map at the top of this page. There were at least 10 PVC porcupine ball fish attractors placed at each of the 50 locations at Kinkaid Lake. There are also 2 Shelbyville Cube-style fish attractors at each of the 50 sites.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit
Muskie: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit
White, Black, Hybrid Crappie: 15 fish daily limit; only 10 fish over 10"
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Kinkaid Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
618-684-2867
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

There were 51 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 56
Largemouth Bass 1924
Muskellunge 10

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1     7.25 lbs
2     6.69 lbs
3     6.56 lbs
4     6.54 lbs
5     6.52 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 359.89 lbs
2 344.44 lbs
3 310.94 lbs
4 277.99 lbs
5 239.56 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with *end date and

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2020-2021 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-1427071ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-27
*July-28
25738ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-2726138ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-0325949ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
No
August-0926370ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1127072ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1127087ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-1726151ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
August-24
*August-25
26329ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
No
August-2525765ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-0627117ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-0725287ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-0826815ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-1425048ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-1526565ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-1527079ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-2125570ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-2127123ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-2225953ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
No
September-2727118ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-2826827ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
No
September-2925410ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
September-2925912ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-0525293ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-05
*October-06
25516ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-12
*October-13
25303ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
38Muskellunge
Yes
October-1226828ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
No
October-12
*October-13
27029ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Crappie
No
October-19
*October-20
25443ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
Yes
October-1925573ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-1925743ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-1927121PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-2025253ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-2027122PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-2625232ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
November-0225574ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Yes